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Not cool in school? You're more likely to succeed as an adult

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If you weren't cool in school, you may be more likely to succeed as an adult. (Source: CNN) If you weren't cool in school, you may be more likely to succeed as an adult. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) - Being cool when you're growing up doesn't mean you'll grow up to succeed. In fact, a new study says being cool when you're young actually makes success less likely.

This study was done by the University of Virginia and looked at so-called popular kids and the not-so-popular kids in school.

Researchers collected data on 184 children over a decade from middle school to the age 23, through interviews with the kids, parents and their friends and observation of their social interactions.

The data showed that the cool kids fared much worse into adulthood than the not-so-popular kids.

They were 40 percent more likely to be using drugs and alcohol later on in life and 22 percent more likely to be in trouble with the law

They also had 24 percent lower social competency ratings.

Experts say teens whose focus is on being cool while growing up are likely missing out on doing the things that help make them mature.

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